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SWINDON WILDCATS: Aldridge hints at forward hunt
SWINDON Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge has hinted that he may have to look to recruit a new face to help his side come out of their goal drought.
Cats, beaten at home by Manchester and away by Guildford over the weekend, have managed just 10 goals in their five competitive outings so far this season - half of which came in the 5-1 demolition of Telford on September 21.
After seeing his side register just once in 120 minutes of play on Saturday and Sunday, Aldridge told the Advertiser that the search for goals may well take him into the market for a new forward.
“If getting goals means bringing somebody in then that’s what we’ll have to do,” he said. “We need more goals, one goal in a weekend isn’t good enough.
“We’re struggling to find goals right now in a major way. We’ve got to find a way to start scoring some goals and when you let in six goals a game as well there’s a problem.”
A home double-header against Bracknell and Sheffield awaits the Cats this weekend, and Aldridge plans to have his team well drilled in front of their own fans.
“There are things we’re going to have to work on this week and there’s going to be a lot meetings and a lot of unhappy faces for sure,” he said.
“We have to work on our defensive zone because we’re not creating enough goals right now, so that means we’re going to have to keep goals out. I think when Stevie (Lyle) is in the net we sometimes get too lackadaisical and think ‘Stevie’s behind us, he’s going to make every save’.
“Well, we left him out to dry at Guildford and we can’t allow that to happen. We switched the goalie and put Crispy (Michael Crisp) in and we’ve played hard again. We’ve got to be stronger in the D-zone until we do start creating goals.
“We are happy where we’re sitting but we’ve played some scrappy hockey teams in buildings that are tough to play in.
“We played two good hockey teams over the weekend who will be contenders for the title.”
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